The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow has always been that stalwart performer that delivers and churns out performances time and time again, and is as steady as they come. Morrow recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with the number one soap opera as Nick Newman, who certainly has had his way over the years with the gals in Genoa City, and butts heads often with his rich and powerful father, Victor (Eric Braeden)!
On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Joshua last week during Y&R’s on-set celebration for their Daytime Emmy victories for a little catch up, and to get his thoughts on the upcoming debut of Gina Tognoni as the recast Phyllis, last played by one of Morrow’s all-time favorite scene partners, Michelle Stafford.
Plus, Joshua shares his excitement that three of his favorite scene partners took home some gold at the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy ceremonies: Hunter King (Summer), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), and Billy Miller (Ex-Billy) and more! And he reveals if being part of the Newman clan 20 years later ever gets old. Here’s what Mr. Morrow had to tell us!
On Monday August 11th, Y&R fans will see Gina Tognoni on-screen as the new Phyllis. What do you think about Gina coming on to the show, especially given what you and Michelle Stafford had created as the sizzling duo, Phick?
JOSHUA: I am very excited. Gina is very talented. The read she gave when we tested her was outrageously good. I am nervous for her, because those are some big shoes to fill, and I just hope the fans give her a shot. It’s nothing that we did. This is a change that was made by Michelle Stafford. She wanted to go and try something else, and we have to respect her decision. I just hope the fans understand and give Gina a shot. Those are some big ass shoes to fill and I love Michelle to death! Apparently, she is doing a great job over at General Hospital, but it’s time for fans to accept, and be willing to watch someone else try it. …just for the good of everything.
You just celebrated your 20th anniversary with Y&R! When was it actually? Do you feel like an old man, err, soap veteran now? (Laughs)
JOSHUA: It was a couple of weeks ago. I do feel like an old man, but it sounds cliché; but literally time went by in a blink of an eye. I truly can’t believe I have been here that long. I never once said, “Oh, I have been here a long time.” It just still feels fun and new, and I drive in to work with a huge smile on my face. I love this job, and I love this show and this medium.
You don’t ever take pause and go, “What the hell are they writing for me?” (Laughs)
JOSHUA: I do, because I am competitive. I see guys getting stories, but it’s not my job. It’s not my job to pull up and say, “I want to do this, and I want to do that”, or “You need to do this or that.” I am very, very blessed. I never take for granted this amazing job that I have, so I will tell any story they want me to tell.
I always say you are the unsung hero of this show. I feel like you always deliver rock solid performances.
JOSHUA: I am never going to be this splashy award-winning guy, but I’m steady. I show up and do my job and I get my scenes in one take. I think, and I would like to hope that everyone likes working with me. I love being Nick and I like I said, I am not going to be the guy that everyone is talking about, but I feel I am very efficient at what I do, and I love doing it, and I think it shows.
You went on The Talk to celebrate and represent Y&R, along with some of your cast mates, in honor of their Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Drama Series last Monday!
JOSHUA: Yup! They needed a real titan of the industry to show up, and I did it with all the respect and pageantry I could really muster. I did a great job. (Laughs)
What did you think of Hunter King winning the Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress? You were in her Emmy-winning scenes!
JOSHUA: The day she shot that scene, I instantly tweeted on Twitter: “This girl won an Emmy today, just watch.” And she did … she hit a home run, and she is unbelievably talented. It brought a tear to my eye when I got home that night and saw on Twitter that she had won. I would have liked to have seen her win, because I love that girl so much. She is a great kid and special.
What about your on-screen sis, Amelia Heinle winning Supporting Actress?
JOSHUA: And Amelia … my favorite person on the planet! I was very surprised and so happy for her. She works her tail off, and then of course, my homeboy Billy Miller! I would jump into a trench for that dude, I love him and to watch all that happening I was like, “Wow! What a year!”
I felt the same way. So many people I am close with won Emmys this year.
JOSHUA: Yes, and it was so nice. I don’t do the Emmys, but this was the year that watching those three people win really would have meant a lot to me to see it happen live with them.
You don’t like to participate in the Emmy process.
JOSHUA: Yeah, it’s just not my thing. I don’t have a soapbox or an issue, but I would rather go play catch in the yard with my kids. I was at a baseball tournament with my middle son in West Covina, California till late last Sunday night, so I was doing that.
So, what do you think about Joshua’s comments about Gina Tognoni? Even though you know that Gina has big shoes to fill replacing Michelle Stafford who is so identifiable in the role, are you willing to give another two-time Daytime Emmy winner in Tognoni, some time to win you over with her take on the role? What do you think about Joshua celebrating 20 years in GC as Nick Newman? Can you believe its been two decades already? And, what did you think of his heartfelt thoughts on his castmates Emmy victories? Weigh-in!